Stephan Talty was born in Buffalo, New York, to parents who'd emigrated from County Clare, Ireland. He went to Bishop Timon High School before attending Amherst College, where he graduated with a degree in English. He's written for the New York Times Magazine, GQ, Playboy, the Chicago Review and many others.Stephan Talty now lives outside New York City with his wife and two children.
Trevanian was the pen name of Dr Rodney William Whitaker. After exploding onto the bestseller lists with two thrillers, THE EIGER SANCTION (1972) and THE LOO SANCTION (1973), Trevanian followed with the bestsellers THE MAIN (1976), SHIBUMI (1979) and THE SUMMER OF KATYA (1983). After a fifteen year absence he reappeared as an author with INCIDENT AT TWENTY-MILE (1998), HOTNIGHT IN THE CITY (2000) and THE CRAZY LADIES OF PEARL STREET (2005). He died in 2005.